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Braves' Nick Markakis could be on quiet track to 3,000 hits
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15 May, 2018 · #1
As Angels slugger Albert Pujols approaches 3,000 hits, it’s natural to ponder who else could reach the traditionally Hall of Fame-worthy Anton Forsberg Womens Jersey milestone.
The Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera sits at 2,665 hits and will, barring long-term injury, get the opportunity to achieve [url=http://www.authenticoilersproshop.com/andrej-sekera-jersey-c-1_33.html]http://www.authenticoilersproshop.com/andrej-sekera-jersey-c-1_33.html
the distinction thanks to a long-term contract that extends to 2023. Robinson Cano of the Mariners sits at 2,402 and also would seem to be within reach provided he stays healthy. Meanwhile, the Twins’ Joe Mauer, the Tigers’ Victor Martinez and the Mets’ Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Reyes have all passed 2,000 hits but seem unlikely to reach even 2,500 given their age, injury history or decline in abilities.

But there’s another player with more than 2,000 hits who has more than a fighter’s chance to reach 3,000: the Braves’ Nick Markakis.

The 34-year-old right fielder has quietly averaged 153 games played per season and has given evidence so far in 2018 that his bat has plenty of hits left. Markakis just finished one of the best first months of his career with a .302/.405/.472 slash line. He also tied his personal high for homers in March/April (4) and has cut his strikeouts down as well, fanning only 11 times this season over his first 116 plate appearances.

“He’s been swinging the bat really, really well for a long time now,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “His whole spring, http://www.oilersofficialshop.com/andrej-sekera-jersey-c-1_46.html to me, just the way [Markakis] came in, he just had a really good spring. He’s a driven athlete. He’s just such a pro and driven every day to do whatever he can to beat you. He never lets off the pedal and he comes out every day to try and do exactly that.”

It takes drive to average more than 150 games played per year through your age 33 season. Most players lack the consistent production to be afforded the opportunity to have their name written in the lineup that often. Of all the batters in the modern era who have passed the 3,000-hit mark, only Pete Rose, Cal Ripken and Ichiro Suzuki averaged more games played per season Authentic Adam Graves Jersey than Markakis has thus far.

Entering Monday, Markakis has 2,084 hits. His pace to 3,000 is already ahead of those of Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield and Craig Biggio.

There’s another element in this equation: Marakakis is a free agent after this http://www.oilersauthenticsale.com/andrej-sekera-jersey-c-1_17.html season. Much was written this past offseason about players on the other side of 30 not receiving contracts that approach their perceived value, with some not signing until well into spring training. With the free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado coming this winter, it’s certainly possible that players such as Anton Forsberg Youth Jersey Markakis feel additional pressure to put up extraordinary numbers. To be sure, the first month of the season has been Markakis’ best since 2009 and third-best of his 13 years in the majors.

But Markakis tries not to overthink the process.

“Hard work in the off-season pays off,” he said. “You get older, you get smarter, you see guys more and more. The biggest thing is looking for a pitch, getting it and not missing it.”

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